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Remembered Today:

Capt John Laird Gallwey Irvine A & S Highlanders


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Greetings from a very warm Forest of Sherwood.

My latest project is Capt  John  Laird  Gallwey  Irvine, 2nd  Argyle &  Sutherland  Highlanders  . Born 1888   K.I.A. 8th July 1915.

He was the son of Colonel James Laird Irvine C.B.  R.E.  I know nothing about his service career except that he became  a officer cadet in 1912.

Somewhere there must be Service papers for him but I cant find them on Ancestry, infact I couldn't even find his medal rolls, only his M.I.C.

So if any of you splendid  folk can help out ( again ) I would be most grateful.


                                                                                           Old Robin Hood

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Service record at Discovery NA under this ref    WO 339/7305


Born 4/10/88, Westbury nr Bristol

Educ Wellington College  (Roll + photo here)




Good memorial tablet here

.. killed when helping some wounded men to a place of safety..

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An interesting obituary for Capt. Irvine was published in The Times on Tuesday 13 July 1915.


Irvine, Capt. J. L. G., obit The Times Tues. 13.7.1915.JPG

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Gazetted 2nd Lt. 8 May 1909  https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/28248/page/3471


Lt. 17 June 1911  https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/28510/page/4935


Seconded for service on the Staff 24 February 1912 (Army List states A.D.C. to Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Mauritius)  https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/28593/page/2211


Restored to the establishment (from A.D.C. duty) 18 November 1914 https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29099/supplement/2590


Promoted temp. Capt. supernumerary 12 December 1914 https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29099/supplement/2591

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Greetings Charlie & Harry

Very many thanks for all this useful information.  It has gone a long way in building up a picture of this young officer.

Most kind of both of you.


                                                           Old Robin Hood

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Dear Charlie and Harry,

Brilliant research work!

Kindest regards,


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